Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Read By: Morena Baccarin
Length: 19 hours and 44 minutes
In a kingdom by the sea…
In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.
A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?
There was a point in my life where I made the decision to not read this book because I was not into the idea of being introduced to a new set of Shadowhunters. Someone invent a time machine so I can go back and slap my past self, please. What in the hell was I thinking? Real picture of me after I finished reading this and felt ashamed of myself for ever having had that thought…
Alright, anyways. OBVIOUSLY I freaking loved this. Below is my attempt to get some reasons and thoughts into coherent sentences for you. No promises.
The Characters: I have so many thoughts and reactions around the characters in this book. First, JULIAN AND EMMA, be still my heart! I am shipping them so damn much. Second, I loved all of the Blackthorns. They broke my heart, and I wanted to just adopt them all. Third, I love the references to and inclusion of characters from The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. It’s always so awesome and makes the story come alive when series’ take place in the same world and can intertwine with one another. Each time an old character made an appearance I was all…
The Setting: California in present day, I can totally relate to this! I mean, I don’t live in California, and I’ve never visited California, but I’m sure what I’ve seen on TV and in movies does it total justice, hah. Anyways…I struggle a bit with books that aren’t taking place in present time. I usually overcome that after a bit, but it’s always nice to not have that little barrier.
So Much Story: The number of story lines and things going on this book could have easily become a little overwhelming, but they didn’t. Each one was so interesting, so entertaining, so juicy, and so HOLY CRAP WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT that I had no trouble at all keeping up and being fully engrossed in each and every one.
Edgar Allen Poe: The use of the Annabelle Lee poem by Edgar Allen Poe was WICKED. I read this poem in high school for the first time and it has stuck with me ever since. I love it. Like, really love it. So much love that I have it memorized and sometimes recite it just for fun. Okay, anyways… the use of this poem and how it was entwined in the story was so freaking cool. Mad props to Cassandra Clare. As if I didn’t love you enough, woman, you go and pull off something like this.
The Ending: Gah! GAHH! MAY, 2017? ARE YOU SERIOUS?
So far, which series is your favorite: The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, or The Dark Artifices?